Have you been selected to be a trainee?
Let's take a look at some practical aspects of trainees' status.
You will receive a job description covering the tasks you will be responsible for during your traineeship. You should receive this job description before you are asked to accept the traineeship offer.
As a trainee, you will receive a living allowance of 1,176 € per month. The 1st living allowance is paid at the end of the first month. From then on, you will receive it on the 15th of every month.
The living allowance does not fall under the special tax regulations that apply to servants of the European Communities. At the end of the traineeship, the Traineeships Office will provide a financial declaration on the amounts received. Consult the tax authorities in your country of residence regarding how and if your allowances will be taxed.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is accepted in Brussels, Luxembourg and other potential traineeship destinations. You should register with your local "mutualité" for information on reimbursements.
Visa costs and related medical fees may be reimbursed together with the travel expenditures, where applicable.
Although you are not required to open a bank account in the country where you are a trainee, it is recommended and may prove cheaper and more convenient.
The Commission does not provide accommodation. In Brussels, most trainees pay between 350 – 550 € per month. The Trainees Committee website and the BXL A LOUER - Bouche à Oreille Facebook page are good places to start looking for accommodation.
You should plan for some expenses when you first move over such as a deposit (one to two months) for your accommodation. The cost of living might be higher than in your home country.
Working at the Commission
The Commission works a 40-hour week and an 8-hour day. The core hours when staff is required to be present are 09 : 30 - 12 : 00 and 15 : 00 - 16 : 30. Trainees are entitled to 2 days leave per month. The Commission is closed on main public holidays such as Christmas and Easter and these days are not counted as leave. Leave needs to be agreed beforehand with your advisor.
There is no official dress code at the Commission. However, you are expected to dress smartly.
To find out where you will be working, a list of all buildings with maps and other information is available on the following websites: